History of Religious Research – 1960-Now
In the 1960s, the primary work of Religious Research became the
life readings that were channeled from Dr. John, the spirit teacher and
guide for Religious Research. Life readings are soul histories of real
people who wrote and requested information about their past lives and
the purpose of their present life. Responses from these people about
their life readings were overwhelmingly positive. The readings had
increased their understanding of themselves and helped them to know who
they were and why they had their own unique life circumstances. Knowing
this enabled them to accept themselves, make constructive changes in
their lives, heal or release relationships, more fully pursue their
life’s purpose, and find inner peace.
As the number of readings climbed into the thousands, it became
apparent that not only were individuals being helped by them, but that a
body of spiritual teachings was being built--teachings not based on the
dogma of any church. These teachings, based on studying the lives of
real souls and observing the various results of different soul actions,
portray an orderly spiritual universe with a spiritual law of cause and
From the early 1950s to her retirement, Rev. Grace Wittenberger
was the key channel for Dr. John, with Dr. Franklin Loehr as alternate.
For Religious Research, the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s were filled with
life readings, lecture tours, writing of books, and conducting classes
on reincarnation, death, and prayer. Early in the history of the life
readings, numbers were assigned to each reading. The number
identification of each life reading enabled it to be studied without
disclosing the client’s real name. Because much of the material in a
life reading is personal, care is taken to protect all identities. The
thousands of life readings are all on file at Religious Research, and
are still being researched today.
In 1978, Rev. Wittenberger retired from her work with Religious
Research, and Dr. Loehr became the only channel for Dr. John. When he
died in 1988, more than 5,000 readings had been given. Through studying
these readings we are able to study the soul and answer questions such
as: What is a soul? What is its purpose on earth? What makes one person
more material-minded and another more spiritual? Why are there lives of
limitation for some and privileged lives for others? What determines
when and where a person is born? Are marriages made in heaven? Our
research covers these and many more questions.
John told us that there would be no further readings from him after Dr.
Loehr’s death. Since 1988, Religious Research Foundation has
concentrated on preserving, researching, and publishing the teachings of
Dr. John and the research of Dr. Loehr, as well as seeking to apply this
collective wisdom to the ongoing drama of human life on Earth.
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